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Old 08-16-2016, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
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Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa

The Great River Road from Prarie du Chien to La Crosse, Wisconsin

Devil's Lake in Wisconsin

Southern Illinois and Northern Kentucky are gorgeous as well
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Old 08-16-2016, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Driftless Region of WI, MN, IL, IA or northern Wisconsin/U.P. of Michigan.
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Old 08-16-2016, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Shenandoah Valley area (along I-81) in Virginia
Anywhere in West Virginia
Ouchita National Forest (along OK-1) in Oklahoma
Rapid City, South Dakota area and the Badlands
Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota
Michigan's Upper Peninsula, particularly the northern coast along Lake Superior, near Marquette
Anywhere in the Appalachians along the Blue Ridge Parkway and near Asheville, NC
Glacier National Park (Montana) Road to the Sun - THIS IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST I HAVE EVER SEEN IN THE COUNTRY!!!
YellowStone National Park (Wyoming)
Devil's Tower National Monument (Wyoming)
Antelope Island and Salt Lake City in general (Utah)
Zion National Park (southwest Utah)
Grand Hoover Dam near Las Vegas, NV
I-10 Bayou Bridge in Louisiana (20 mile bridge over a huge swamp)
Crater Lake in Oregon -- STUNNING!!!
Route 101 along the Oregon Coast
Adirondack Park in upstate NY, particularly near Tupper Lake and Indian Lake

Places that I haven't been to, but are probably worthy of my list above:

Grand Canyon (Arizona)
Bryce Canyon (Utah)
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Old 08-16-2016, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Yes ^^^
Add: Crazy Horse monument
Add: https://www.nps.gov/mimi/planyourvis...nd-tickets.htm
Subtract: Wall Drug (the midwest version of Pedro's South of the Border). But if you like kitsch, keep it on the list.

And as long as you're in the neighborhood (kind of, sort of): Carhenge | of Alliance, Nebraska is a couple of hours away.
I intentionally left Crazy Horse off the list. I don't think it's worth the money. They've been working on that thing since the Truman Administration, and I guarantee you at the pace they're going it won't be done for a couple hundred years. Make no mistake, at $28 a carload (and a million visitors per year) they're not exactly starved for cash.

Wall Drug is definitely the ultimate in roadside kitsch, but unlike Crazy Horse you're not obligated to buy anything. Meandering through the store won't cost you a dime and it's an ok stop right before or right after you hit the Badlands.

Been to Carhenge once. It's free and funky. If you're gonna meander that far south you may as well head over to Chimney Rock and/or Scotts Bluff.
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Old 08-16-2016, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Wow, there are so many. To name a few in no particular order..

Adirondacks, Smokey Mountains, Red River Gorge, Great lakes, Cumberland Falls, Niagara Falls, Hocking Hills, .........
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Old 08-16-2016, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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The western coast of Michigan, from New Buffalo up through Leland. Best beaches not on an ocean in the US. And so many great beachy towns.
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Old 08-16-2016, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Rochester NY
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A lot of people outside the area have never heard of it but if you're ever in Western New York defiantly check out Letchworth State Park, aka "The Grand Canyon of the East". More well known sights in New York State are Niagara Falls and Adirondack State Park, especially the High Peaks region of the park.
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Old 08-16-2016, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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A lot of people outside the area have never heard of it but if you're ever in Western New York defiantly check out Letchworth State Park, aka "The Grand Canyon of the East". More well known sights in New York State are Niagara Falls and Adirondack State Park, especially the High Peaks region of the park.
Oh my god, I just googled that and it looks amazing (Letchworth). How have I never been there?!
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Old 08-16-2016, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Rochester NY
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Oh my god, I just googled that and it looks amazing (Letchworth). How have I never been there?!
We went last fall during peak fall foliage and it was amazing. Seeing the hot air balloons in the sky made it like something out of a fantasy movie. Unfortunately my camera battery died right as we entered the park . Will definitely be going back this fall with a full battery!!!
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Old 08-16-2016, 01:57 PM
 
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I intentionally left Crazy Horse off the list. I don't think it's worth the money. They've been working on that thing since the Truman Administration, and I guarantee you at the pace they're going it won't be done for a couple hundred years. Make no mistake, at $28 a carload (and a million visitors per year) they're not exactly starved for cash.

Wall Drug is definitely the ultimate in roadside kitsch, but unlike Crazy Horse you're not obligated to buy anything. Meandering through the store won't cost you a dime and it's an ok stop right before or right after you hit the Badlands.

Been to Carhenge once. It's free and funky. If you're gonna meander that far south you may as well head over to Chimney Rock and/or Scotts Bluff.
I tend to agree about Crazy Horse, but I think the fact I'll never see it completed adds to the appeal. However, it's not cheap to get in, only to be able to see it from a distance. If you are there during the Volksmarch weekends (first weekend in June and Roundup weekend in September), it's fun to hike up to the carving and see it up close. Admission is a few cans of food and a few bucks. It's crowded, though.

If dipping down into Nebraska, Fort Robinson is a cool place to visit, as well as Toadstool Geologic Park.
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